Essential Listening: Delaney & Bonnie with the Allman Brothers & King Curtis – A&R Studios 1971 (CD)

A&R Studios 1971 (CD)

An outstanding 1971 studio concert broadcast, featuring Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, hot off the road with Eric Clapton and George Harrison, live at A&R Recording Studios in New York City - this time with friends Duane & Gregg Allman and King Curtis.

The show begins acoustically (listen to D&B & Duane on Come on in My Kitchen) then gets rowdy and electric for the second half.

There's a lot of chatter too which is endlessly fascinating and while the electric set has some minor sonic issues, the historic significance of this recording is rich the 18 minute Only You Know And I Know, featuring smokin leads by King Curtis & Gregg Allman is a pure joy to behold. Speaking of historic significance, it should be remembered that both Clapton & Harrison escaped the restrictions of their respective bands to hit the road with the Bramletts, and Clapton raided D&Bs Friends to form Derek & The Dominos (while the Stones snagged Bobby Keys and Jim Price who debuted on D&Bs Accept No Substitute).

Delaney Bramlett, who passed away in 2008 at 69, also produced and co-wrote one of Clapton's best solo albums, 1970s Eric Clapton.

 1. Announcer 1:36
2. Come On In My Kitchen 3:39
3. Chat 1 0:43
4. Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad 3:58
5. Chat 2 1:04
6. Poor Elijah 5:01
7. The Ghetto 5:39
8. Announcer 6:07
9. Livin' On The Open Road 4:53
10. Better Relations 4:22
11. The Love of My Man 5:28
12. Chat 3 0:52
13. 12 Bar Blues (Don't Want Me Around) 7:03
14. Chat 4 2:49
15. Only You Know & I Know Jam 18:00